Drilon on 2022 presidential bid: Count me out

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 22 2020 12:56 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2020 01:05 PM

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MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday rejected the possibility of running for president in the 2022 national elections.

"Yes, the opposition will have a candidate. Count me out," Drilon told ANC when asked about his thoughts on being "presidential material."

Drilon, a long-time lawmaker, said being a member of the opposition was "not easy" especially because of troll farms.

"We are willing to cooperate, provide to the best of our ability policies we believe can help our country get out of this difficulty but we hope we are listened to also," he said.

Drilon earlier said government's inter-agency task force against the COVID-19 pandemic has failed and asked President Rodrigo Duterte for a "comprehensive" plan.

The Philippines as of Tuesday has recorded 70,764 cases of COVID-19, with 23,281 recoveries and 1,837 deaths. Several hospitals in virus epicenter Metro Manila have declared full capacity in handling COVID-19 cases.